Federal Health Market Enrollments Top 1 Million

HONOLULU (December 29, 2013) After a December surge, more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal government's improved online exchanges, the Obama administration said.

Nearly 1 million signed up this month through the federal exchanges serving 36 states before the Dec. 24 deadline to enroll for coverage to start in January.

During the website’s problem-plagued first month in October, just 27,000 enrolled.

In the week leading up to Dec. 24, nearly twice as many enrolled as in the first part of December, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Sunday's number was only partial, because the administration didn't provide an update on the 14 states that are running their own websites.

California, New York, Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut have done well, but others are still struggling.

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